On Friday 17, the long anticipated Our City Festival ’14 (Art, Architecture and Ideas) kicks off in Phnom Penh, with a multitude of events taking place through until Sunday 26, before heading off to new programmes in Siem Reap January 31-Feb 2) and then Battambang (Feb 7 – 9). Phnom Penh events are centred around The Mansion (cnr Sothearos and St 178, behind the FCC) and the White Building (cnr Sothearos and St 194), with pop-events city-wide.
Festival highlights include: official opening featuring everything plus the kitchen sink, tuk-tuks covered in knitting, a musical cyco tour and dance flash mob, open air film screenings, exhibitions, lectures, guided tours… something for everyone? Looks like it.
On Friday 17 at 6 pm in Battambang, Lotus Gallery, on St 2.5, presents the opening of The darkness of the countryside, a new exhibition by Battambang artists Nget Chanpenh and Hour Seyha. Runs until March.
At Meta House on Saturday 18 at 6 pm, Kon Khmer Koun Khmer (Cambodian films, Cambodian Youth), offer a taste of this year’s annual FilmCAMp/Chaktomuk Short Film Festival, including screenings of last year’s winners, presentations and Q&A. Many local film professionals will be in attendance.
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|From Friday 17, Our City Festival ’14 (Art, Architecture and Ideas) in Phnom Penh. Events are centred around The Mansion (cnr Sothearos and St 178, behind the FCC) and the White Building (cnr Sothearos and St 194), with pop-events city-wide. Through to Sunday 26.
Friday 17 at 6 pm in Battambang, Lotus Gallery, on St 2.5, presents the opening of The darkness of the countryside, a new exhibition by Battambang artists Nget Chanpenh and Hour Seyha. Runs until March.
Saturday 18 at 6 pm, Kon Khmer Koun Khmer (Cambodian films, Cambodian Youth), offer a taste of this year’s annual FilmCAMp/Chaktomuk Short Film Festival, including screenings of last year’s winners, presentations and Q&A.
New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap, Cambodia Dreaming, paintings by Australian artist Sonia Mattson, inspired by Cambodia and Bali.
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Romeet Gallery (St 178 near St 19) is hosting an exhibition by young artist Ben Thynal entitled Core – painting and installation exploring ideas around the individual and the community in Cambodian society. Runs until January 19.
Rik Reay Gallery and Noodle Shop (St 178 near St 19), Our Books exhibition My New Year’s Resolution, featuring works by Tek Tevin, Sin Yang Pirom, Sao Sreymao, Moeu Diyadaravuth, Chan Pisey, Kong Monirath, Peou Ty, Prum Vannak, and Pal Poursith, with colors by Kim Phally. You can also see the entire set as a feature on Khmer Connection. Contemporary Khmer comic artists to present NEW thoughts, resolutions, reflections, and aspirations. Until January 21
Insider Gallery at the InterContinental Phnom Penh, Interpretations, exhibition of paintings by Polish born Phnom Penh resident Adrianna Snochowska. Until February 8.
Sammaki Gallery in Battambang (#87, St 2.5) is hosting Family, a selection of artworks by graduating students from Phare Ponleu Selpak Visual Arts School. Until February 17.
In Siem Reap, McDermott Gallery Old Market has a new exhibition of lacquer pieces, Situations by Lim Muy Theam, capturing moments in the lives of Cambodians. Runs until February 28.
Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2009. Now exhibiting in three McDermott Galleries located in the Old Market Area, FCC Angkor Complex and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
Plae Pakaa, a program of 3 rotating performances of Cambodian traditional arts at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. A Cambodian Living Arts production. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 pm (May to September); Monday to Saturday, 7 pm (October to April).
Phare Ponleu Selpak, the famous Cambodian circus school offers nightly performances in both Siem Reap and Battambang, on a rolling cycle of different works.
In Siem Reap: at 7.30 pm under the big top in Siem Reap, behind the Angkor National Museum, in front of Angkor Century Hotel.
In Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6.15 pm then circus show at 7 pm.
DanceWorldCambodia offers classes in lyrical contemporary, commercial jazz and pop, hip hop and breakdance. Hotel Cambodiana Studio (via Physique Gym club reception). For more details contact email@example.com
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